Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: Amish Friends Gatherings Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Title: Amish Friends Gatherings Cookbook
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publication Date: June 2019
Length: 224 pages

From the Back of the Book

Recipes Bring the Amish Together

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
Matthew 18:20 KJV

The Amish thrive within community where there is a shared sense of faith, interests, and goals, and they are given multiple opportunities to gather together each week. Be it a church service or a youth singing, a work frolic or a fundraiser, a birthday or a wedding, the Amish love to come together - and when they gather, they bring food!

New from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction Wanda E. Brunstetter is a must-have cookbook for anyone who loves a good potluck. Included are 260 recipes from over 100 Amish and Mennonite contributors organized into traditional categories, including one for feeding crowds.

As a bonus, there are tips for transporting and serving food as well as stories that give a glimpse into Amish life.

This cookbook is sure to encourage the joy of living in community with others.

My Thoughts

I love this cookbook! It's spiral bound and the perfect size to have open on your counter to read from while you are cooking and baking. There are plenty of pretty pictures and it is easy to read.

My new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from this cookbook (which is saying a lot because I already had a recipe that we really liked)! I made the cookies last night and they are delicious! My husband was still talking about them this morning. 

There are a lot of interesting recipes in this cookbook. There is a recipe called Messy Pink Stuff which I definitely want to try just because I love pink. There are recipes called Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and Can't-Leave-Alone-Bars. There are also recipes for salads, breads, snacks, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. 

There is a section on drinks which I like because I feel like I'm always struggling to come up with a punch recipe or other flavorful drink for showers and get-togethers. I am also intrigued by the section called "Recipes for Feeding a Crowd". These recipes call for ingredients such as "11 large heads of cauliflower" and "36 pounds ground beef". If I ever have to feed a crowd, this will be a great section to refer to!

In addition to the great recipes, there are a page or two of stories in each section written by the author or friends of the author. There are various tips in each section, too, which I found very interesting and useful. Some of these tips include how to keep flies away, preparing food ahead of time, and transporting food.

A majority of these recipes do appear to yield large amounts of food, even the recipes not in the feeding a crowd section. I halved the cookie recipe I made last night and it made 104 cookies. These recipes are probably not the healthiest choices by today's standards.

I highly recommend this cookbook!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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